Cookeville police 2nd in nation to be equipped with EpiPens

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Cookeville Police Department is now the second in the country, and first in the state of Tennessee, to be equipped with EpiPens.

Officers were recently trained according to a state law that regulates the use of EpiPens.

The law, passed in April 2016, authorizes certain people to stock epinephrine auto-injectors under certain guidelines, such as keeping them in locked containers and undergoing training every two years. Click here to read the full law.

The cost of the epinephrine auto-injectors was paid by the Cookeville Regional Medical Charitable Foundation.

In addition to being equipped with the EpiPens, Cookeville officers also are equipped with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and naloxone.

The news comes just weeks after a Cheatham County man died of a bee sting. Neither his family nor the responding deputies had an EpiPen to try and save him from his severe allergic reaction.